March is Social Work Month and the theme this year is ‘Empowering Social Workers; Inspiring Action, Leading Change’.

Highlighting activities scheduled this month, Minister of Youth, Social Development and Seniors, Tinèe Furbert, said the theme for annual recognition led by the National Association of Social Workers was fitting, because it “describes what social workers across the island do daily”.

Speaking in the House of Assembly on Friday, she said the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) will be hosting a number of training and development opportunities.

DCFS will also “be celebrating its social workers with an appreciation luncheon”, she added.

The theme for the luncheon is ‘Social Worker…We See you; We Celebrate you; We Salute you!’, which is “a thank you for all the tireless work that they do caring for and protecting children so that the future of Bermuda’s most precious resources remains bright”.

“Next week Monday, March 18 through Friday, March 22, the Department of Child and Family Services will be hosting training for staff conducted by Dr Eboni Webb, who is a highly rated International certified trainer in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

“Dr Webb earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology.”

The Minister noted that Dr Webb “began her clinical work as assistant clinical director and program director at Mental Health Systems, one of the largest providers of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in the United States”.

“Dr Webb has developed two specialized Dialectical Behaviour Therapy treatment programs for clients with developmental disabilities and borderline intellectual functioning,” said Ms Furbert.

“On Wednesday, March 27th, Dr Vaughn Gay, a licensed professional counsellor and renowned mental health practitioner who provides comprehensive psychological and mental health services, education and advocacy for underserved communities and underrepresented populations in Metro Atlanta will conduct workshops for DCFS staff.

“The next day Thursday, March 28th, in recognition that ongoing community advocacy, collaboration and partnership are absolutely essential for social workers, DCFS is ‘gifting’ the opportunity for all its stakeholders and community partners to attend an informative and dynamic workshop facilitated by Dr Gay.

“This workshop will conclude the celebration of Social Work Month.”

In closing, she encouraged her parliamentary colleagues and “all the citizens of Bermuda to salute our Social Workers as they continue to #Inspire Action and Lead Change”.

“We must highlight the significance of Social Workers and their collective contributions to helping and advocating on behalf of all of those whom they serve,” she said.

“Please join me in wishing all Social Workers a Happy Social Work Month!”